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Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Updates Coming Soon

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MILTON, Del. - Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding dates back to 1988. The organization has operated out of a farm in Milton since 2015. The facility will be updated this fall to become safer and more comfortable for riders and their families. 

Twenty-two-year-old Tyra Eskridge has been taking lessons at Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding for four or five years to help her autism. Her mom, Mindy McCann sees how much she has learned. 

"The direction following, the social skills required because social skills are one of Ty's biggest challenges," she says. "They make her talk to them."

Tyra's social activity will soon be enhanced. Construction is set to begin at the farm in October. A weather friendly entrance with an overhang will be constructed for school buses and parents to drop riders off. Riders in wheelchairs will get to use new lifts to mount the horses.

"We're going to put a viewing area that's both conditioned and unconditioned and a new loading area for our riders," Board of Directors Vice President Tom Peet explains. "The update that's absolutely necessary is our fire protection system and that's to bring our building up to code. We're going to put a water tank, that's almost 60,000 gallons of water. As our growth allows and our sprinkler system allows, we can have more and more people in the building."

Horses at SDTR serve riders ages four and up with a variety of special needs. These updates are to ensure that all of the students and their families are safer and more comfortable.

Instructor Kelly Boyer sees many benefits behind both the construction and her lessons.

"Some physical ones are that it improves balance and core strength," she says. "Emotionally it proves your self-esteem greatly. You've got to think that you're sitting on top of this 1200 pound animal and you're learning to work with this animal as a partner and be able to communicate with them."

Construction is set to begin after SDTR's Barn Dance on Oct. 19, and is expected to be complete by New Year's Eve. 

Click here to volunteer or sign up for lessons. 

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